Thursday, April 25, 2013
The Board of Selectmen approved the transfer of an all-liquor license from the Burlington American Legion to Besito Restaurant.
A higher-end Mexican Restaurant came one step closer to its opening this week with the granting of a liquor license transfer. On Monday night the Burlington Board of Selectmen voted 4-0-1 to approve the transfer of an all-alcohol license from the Burlington American Legion to the Besito Restaurant. The Besito Mexican Restaurant will be located in the former Eddie Bauer spot in the Burlington Mall. The one abstention from the vote was Vice Chair Michael Runyan who bowed out of the vote due to a connection with the legion, though both he and Chairman Robert Hogan, who also has connections due to his job as Director of Veteran Services, were cleared to participate in the vote by town counsel. Both made disclosures during the meeting. Attorney…
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
The site may sound familiar, it's the parcel previously considered for a new DPW and Recreation Department building.
The Burlington Board of Selectmen discussed placing Fire Station 2 in the "Clark & Reid" site originally considered for a new Department of Public Works and Recreation Department building. The issue came up while discussing warrant articles for the upcoming May 13 Town Meeting. Town Administrator John Petrin said there will be an article allowing the town to use already-allocated funds for a due diligence study related to the purchase of the property. In the January, 2012 Town Meeting, members voted to approve up to $80,000 to fund a due diligence study for two properties for the DPW and Recreation Department. The property in question is located off the corner of Middlesex Turnpike and Meadow Road (see map at right). The site is actually …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
The co-chairs of the task force have voted to support a resolution opposing the Board of Selectmen's decision to grant a beer and wine liquor license to Carli Convenience Plus.
The following is a letter from the Burlington Drug & Alcohol Task Force: The Burlington Drug and Alcohol Task Force has voted to support a resolution opposing the recent decision by Burlington’s Board of Selectmen at their March 25 meeting to grant a liquor license for beer and wine sales to Carli’s Convenience Store and Gas Station. The Task Force believes that in granting a liquor license to a convenience store, the Board of Selectmen is setting a troubling precedent. Over the ten years that the Town of Burlington has been conducting alcohol compliance checks on local package stores and restaurants, it has become clear that the business of controlling access to alcohol for minors can be very challenging. The package store owners and …
The board voted to elect a new Chair of the Board and Vice Chair.
Following last Saturday's election that saw Christopher Hartling joining the board the Burlington Selectmen reorganized their leadership structure. The new board chairman is Robert Hogan, who was reelected this past Saturday. The motion to elect Hogan as the new chair was put forward by Michael Runyan and seconded by Hartling. The vote was 5-0-0 in favor. Runyan was elected as the new vice chairman. The motion to make him the vice chair was forward by Hartling and the nomination was seconded by Hogan. The vote was 3-2-0 with former chair Ralph Patuto and selectman Michael Grattan.
Friday, April 5, 2013
An interview with Burlington Board of Selectmen Candidate Christopher Hartling.
In the lead-up to to Burlington's town election this Saturday, April 6, Burlington Patch interviewed the three candidates for the two open seats for Board of Selectmen. We asked each candidate the same five questions. The following is based on our conversation with Christopher Hartling. Visit Burlington Patch's homepage to find the interviews with incumbent Robert Hogan and candidate Virginia Mooney. The Burlington Town Election will be held this Saturday. The polls are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Burlington High School. Hartling is a Town Meeting member in his third term and is currently on the Board of Directors for the Burlington Council on Aging. He has also served on Ways & Means, which he said gave him an understanding of the town'…
An interview with Burlington Board of Selectmen incumbent candidate Robert Hogan.
In the lead-up to to Burlington's town election this Saturday, April 6, Burlington Patch interviewed the three candidates for the two open seats for Board of Selectmen. We asked each candidate the same five questions. The following is based on our conversation with Selectman Robert Hogan. Visit Burlington Patch's homepage to find the interviews with and candidates Christopher Hartling and Virginia Mooney. The Burlington Town Election will be held this Saturday. The polls are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Burlington High School. Hogan is a current member of the Board of Selectmen and is the town's Director of Veteran's Services. He has been living in Burlington since 1976 and grew up in Chelsea. He has a degree from Salem State University. …
An interview with Burlington Board of Selectmen Candidate Virginia Mooney.
In the lead-up to to Burlington's town election this Saturday, April 6, Burlington Patch interviewed the three candidates for the two open seats for Board of Selectmen. We asked each candidate the same five questions. The following is based on our conversation with Virginia Mooney. Visit Burlington Patch's homepage to find the interviews with incumbent Robert Hogan and candidate Christopher Hartling. The Burlington Town Election will be held this Saturday. The polls are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Burlington High School. Mooney has been a Town Meeting member for 36 years and was a member of the Board of Selectmen from 1988 to 1991. She has also volunteered on the Housing Partnership Committee, the Burlington Finance Committee and the B-…
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
A letter from Monte Pearson, Town Meeting Member, Precinct 3, on the issue of bow hunting in the Landlocked Forest.
Wednesday, April 3
The following is a letter to the editor: Under Massachusetts law there is no hunting, either with guns or bows and arrows, on any land in the state unless the unit of government with jurisdiction over the land expressly says hunting is allowed. Therefore, it is illegal to hunt with either guns or bows and arrows in the Landlocked Forest until the body with jurisdiction – the Board of Selectmen – votes to allow hunting. If the Board of Selectmen want to consider allowing bow hunting, then they need to keep in mind that the land is already being used for recreational purposes by hundreds of people every month during the spring, summer, and fall. These individuals, whether they are walking, biking, or snow shoeing deserve to know and feel …
Thursday, March 28, 2013
The approval was a rare split decision for the board.
Following a lengthy and sometimes pointed discussion the Board of Selectmen voted 3-2 to approve a beer and wine liquor license to Carli Convenient Plus during the meeting Monday night. The application hearing was started during the meeting on March 11 and was continued for further discussion. During the March 11 meeting, members of the board raised a number of concerns. One concern was the floor plan, which had the beer and wine placed adjacent to other non-alcohol products. Another issue was how the store would limit access to the beer and wine during hours when alcohol cannot legally be sold in the state. The biggest concern raised was that issuing liquor licenses to convenience stores is "uncharted territory" for Burlington. Selectmen …
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Carli Convenience Plus has applied for a license to sell beer and wine.
The Burlington Board of Selectmen discussed a beer and wine application for Carli Convenient Plus, but did not hold a vote, during Monday's meeting. The hearing for the application was continued to the meeting scheduled for Monday, March 25. Members of the board had some reservations concerning the liquor license for the convenient store/gas station. Thus far there are no convenience stores in town that have the right to sell alcohol, making this "uncharted territory." "I have concerns on having alcohol sold at places where it would be easy for underage sales," Selectman Robert Hogan said. Another concern raised by selectmen was that if Carli Convenience, which is a known institution in town and has been in business for over 35 years, is …